Australia receives 12th Boeing P-8A Poseidon

The Royal Australian Air Force received its 12th Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime multimission aircraft, according to a 13 December statement by the Department of Defence in Canberra.

The aircraft arrived the previous day at RAAF Base Edinburgh, completing the fleet for No 11 Squadron, said the DoD.

Australia is acquiring the P-8A and the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aircraft System to replace its fleet of Lockheed AP-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft.

Canberra has committed to procuring 15 P-8As, 12 of which have been approved for acquisition. The remaining three aircraft are going through the approval process.